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Poll: Health Care, Unemployment More Important to Hispanic Voters than Immigration

8:18 AM, Jun 25, 2012 • By DANIEL HALPER
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A new USA Today/Gallup poll finds "that economic issues -- particularly unemployment and economic growth -- are more important to Hispanic voters nationwide than immigration." That finding is true for Hispanic voters "Born outside the U.S.," "Parent born outside the U.S.," and "Self and parents born in U.S."

Nevertheless, Obama is still doing better among Hispanics than his Republican opponent, Mitt Romney, except among those who are mainly concerned about the federal budget deficit. Among registered Hispanic likely voters, Obama commands a wide lead, 66 percent to 25 percent. Nine percent are undecided. 

"Obama leads Romney by 75 percentage points -- 86% to 11% -- among Hispanic voters whose top issue concern is the gap between the rich and poor," Gallup notes. "He leads by 50 or more points among those citing healthcare and immigration policies. And he leads by 25 or more points among those who cite unemployment and economic growth. Among only one group of Hispanics, those citing the federal budget deficit as most important, does Romney beat Obama, 54% to 34%."

For U.S. Hispanics writ large, and not just registered Hispanic voters, the numbers are more tight, and immigration becomes more of an issue. Consider this chart:

"Twenty percent of Hispanics each mention one of the top three issues as mattering most to them, while 17% name economic growth, 11% name the gap between the rich and poor, and 7% name the federal budget deficit," writes Gallup. "Hispanic registered voters, however, put healthcare and all economic issues before immigration, which 12% name as their most important issue."

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